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Clinton Martinengo sends the ‘Hustler Project’ at the Penthouse

Clinton MartinengoHustler at the Penthouse, Montagu sent the ‘Hustler project’ at the Penthouse on his first try of the day, yesterday!

Clinton reckons the grade to be a hard 8b/32.  Initially he thought it would be a 8b+/33.  But during (a hot) December 2011 when he came close to red pointing the line, he blew his left shoulder and consequently was out of action for four months!

Being afraid of hurting his shoulder again, Clinton had reservations about the route… a few weeks back he finally decided to scratch the itch and jumped back on the route searching for a less strenuous way of doing the crux (which he found).
Clinton also mentioned that the cooler temps at this time of the year helped make the crux easier.

The route climbs up a tricky seam past four bolts at grade 25/7a+.  The seam then ends (this is where you need to start paying attention) and one climbs straight into a hard boulder problem of about 7C/7C+ (that is Font grade – Thanks Steve for the comment below) to the top with no rest.

The Penthouse is situated in Bad Kloof (opposite Waterworld) has three routes in total.

  1. Groping in the Dark 24/71 – Guy Holwill 1997
  2. Pet of the Month 27/7b+ – Jeremy Samson 1997
  3. Hustler 32/8b – Clinton Martinengo 2014

Clinton is sponsored by:  First Ascent, Black Diamond and Five Ten.

Below:  Clinton on the crux of Hustler.

 

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Hustler at the Penthouse, Montagu

Clinton working or bolting Hustler (can’t recall) back in 2011.

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2 Responses to Clinton Martinengo sends the ‘Hustler Project’ at the Penthouse

  1. Ebert Nel Sep 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    WOOOOOOOP, congratulations. I’ve had my eye on that block for so long, finally something new:D

    keep on crushing!!!

    peace
    eT

  2. Steve Bradshaw Sep 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    As far as I know the crux is Font 7C/7C+, not 29+. If you were expecting 29+ you might find the moves a little hard.

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